Orthodontic Retention

You've worked hard for your beautiful smile; keep it that way!

Finally, your braces have been removed and your smile is beautiful, straight, and best of all, metal-free! However, your orthodontic journey isn't quite completed. To keep your smile looking its best, you'll have to wear a retainer to preserve and stabilize your results. Retainers are needed to control or limit potential changes in tooth position. They are used after braces treatment to hold teeth in their correct alignment while the surrounding gums, bone, and muscle adjust to the new positioning of your teeth.

Types of Retainers

Retainers are custom-made and can be removable or fixed.

  • Traditional removable retainers typically include a metal wire that surrounds the front teeth and is attached to an acrylic arch that sits in the roof of the mouth. The metal wires can be adjusted to finish treatment and continue minor movement of the front teeth as needed.
  • Aligner-style retainers, or Essix retainers, look similar to clear aligners and offer a more aesthetic alternative to wire retainers. This clear retainer may fit over the entire arch of your teeth, or only from canine to canine (clip-on retainer). It is produced from a mold of your newly aligned teeth.
  • Fixed retainers consist of wires bonded behind the bottom and/or top teeth. While the device is usually required no more than a year after wisdom teeth have been extracted, it is often kept in place for life.
  • A MagneTainer™ is a state-of-the-art fixed and flossable retainer. Each retainer contains sets of neodymium iron boron magnets that are encased in gold, sealed in dental resin and then placed in stainless steel “cans” for wear protection. They are glued to the back of your teeth with dental adhesive and use attractive forces to allow the teeth to function naturally while maintaining their treated positions. Dentists and hygienists appreciate that patients with a MagneTainer™ are able to floss without using special flossing devices.

    MagneTainers™ are the patented device of Drs. Gene and Aron Dellinger and are available only at Orthodontic Specialty Services.

    What are the benefits of a MagneTainer™?

    A MagneTainer™ is a fixed appliance; this is especially helpful with patients that may have issues of compliance with a removable retainer.

    A MagneTainer™ is flossable. With the traditional style fixed retainer it was impossible to floss without using special flossing devices. Often times that deterred patients from flossing at all. No special devices are needed to floss with the MagneTainer™!

Pros and Cons

  • Removable retainers can be taken out for eating and hygiene routines.
  • Removable retainers can get lost easily, so remember to keep yours in the case whenever you remove it to eat or brush.
  • A fixed retainer is great if you don't want to keep track of it, or if you don't want to worry about how many hours per day it must be worn.
  • Teeth with fixed retainers require a little extra attention to remove tartar while flossing. Patients with fixed retainers often must use floss threaders to pass dental floss through the small spaces between the retainer and the teeth.
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Patient Rewards

Patients will be rewarded points, redeemable for prizes! Successful orthodontics is a team effort and YOU are our key player! We have created the Smile Rewards card to recognize your accomplishments and congratulate your winning achievements. Our Smile Rewards card is an incentive program based on your compliance. You set the bar...every visit is an opportunity to earn points and cool prizes. Learn More

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